Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday Options for Hospice and Palliative Care

by Christian Sinclair

Today is Giving Tuesday, the anti-dote to all our frenzied consumer spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. More hospice and palliative care organizations are making it easy for all of us to get into the Giving Tuesday spirit, so I wanted to just highlight a few notable examples. If you have examples of other hospice and palliative care groups highlighting Giving Tuesday please add them in the comments.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is featuring the Global Access Scholarship fund to bring international doctors from developing countries to the AAHPM/HPMNA Annual Assembly. AAHPM already funds 10 scholars at a cost of $5,000 each to cover travel and lodging. (32 over the past 5 years). But this year there were some outstanding candidates and they are hoping to bring an additional three doctors to the meeting.  So far they are at $1250 of the $15,000 goal, but I'm sure there are more of us out there that realize how important this is and can make this happen! Go to the GoFundMe page and let's crowdfund this together!

And even more crowdfunding on the international front, Death Cafe London, which was featured here on Pallimed last month, is still chugging along to their goal to make a real bricks and mortar place for people to be open about end-of-life issues. (This is not tax-deductible, but rather an investment/ownership in a non-profit.) Check them out on Crowdfunder (UK).

Not quite a Giving Tuesday appeal, but more HPC organizations are starting to feature passive giving programs like Amazon Smile. Perfect for online shoppers! By going to smile.amazon.com, you can sign up for the charity of your choice and Amazon will give 0.5 percent of your purchases to the charity of your choice. Some of our bigger organizations are on there (AAHPM, NHPCO, NHF, CHPCC)  as well as many local hospice and palliative care programs.

Rainbow Hospice and Suncoast Hospice Foundation are other hospice organizations that are making Giving Tuesday part of their broader campaign of appeals.

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM is the editor of Pallimed, and a big fan of making charitable donations to good hospice and palliative care causes.  In fact, I will match the first $250 to any of the above hospice or palliative care organizations if you show me your donation because of this post! You can tweet, comment, or email me proof.

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